Can I get spousal support and/or compensation for mental anguish when he was drunk?

I work, however, make much less than he does. Barely make enough to pay my rent and utilities. He drank; he became violent. Have pictures proving he locked me out of the house and put hole in wall.

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Family Law, Arizona

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor


When determining whether you are entitled to temporary and/or permanent spousal support (alimony), the court considers many factors including: (1) the duration of the marriage; (2) the income/assets of the parties; (3) the wife's ability to work; (4) the age and health of the parties; (5) other factors relevant to the situation.

The fact that he makes more money than you do and you barely earn enough to pay your bills may be a factor in your favor. Also, his physical and mental abuse of you during your marriage may also be in your favor.


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